How to Become a Transcriptionist – Transcribe Anywhere Review

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Transcribing is a great job based on its flexibility and pay. Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. Have you ever considered this as a career?

I’m excited to share an interview with Kim who is a stay-at-home mom of one and found transcribing as a way to bring in some extra money at home.

She took the course Transcribe AnyWhere and started making money shortly after.

If you’re looking for companies hiring transcriptionist, scroll down to to the bottom.

I started the interview talking about the course.

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When did you take the Transcribe Anywhere Course?

I started the course in the fall of 2017.

Were you hesitant at first?

I was hesitant at first. It’s hard to know if something like this is legit. I had already found a class that was supposed to be great but turned out not to be what it claimed. The free trial that Janet offers really helped put my mind at ease.

How long did it take you to complete the course?

It took me about 6 months to finish the course.

How much time did you spend on the classes?

I probably spent about 8-10 hours a week on the classes. Since it’s all online I could log in whenever or wherever it was convenient. I spent a lot of baseball practices working through the course.

Any Pros or Cons to this Course?

I can’t say enough good things about this course. It is extremely detailed and Janet’s standards are very high. That can be frustrating as you are working through the course but it is paying off now that I am actually working for clients.

Do you think the Course is Necessary to get Started to Transcribe?

I do think the course is necessary. I thought I understood grammar until I started the course. I have also found the practice dictations to be invaluable. Through the course you learn how to deal with bad audio, how to punctuate complex sentences and phrases, you really are prepared for the things you are going to see in the real world.

After taking the course how long did it take you to get your first client?

I had my first offer within a week of getting my certification. There are companies out there that look for graduates of Janet’s course. She has a great reputation as do her graduates.

How do you get clients? Can you explain how this all works?

Once you pass the final exam there is a section of the course dedicated to setting up your business and marketing yourself. There is also a Facebook page for students where you can ask questions, get help, and be encouraged.

How much do you charge for your services to transcribe?

I am working this very part time because my first priority is homeschooling my son. I am able to cover expenses like his baseball lessons for the month or curriculum. Those expenses run about $300-$400 a month. I have been actively working this business for 3 months now, so I am still learning and building my client base.

How many clients do you have today?

I have 2 main clients right now and am recruiting more. Considering I’ve only been at this for a few months and my availability is limited, I’m pretty happy with the results so far.

How many hours do you work a week?

I am probably putting in 10-20 hours a week depending on the workload and quality of the audio files.

How often do you get paid?

I am getting paid twice a month, which is nice because it’s predictable.

How many kids do you have and how old?

I have 1 son who is almost 14. Like I said, we homeschool and he plays select baseball so we are pretty busy. I love that I can take this work with me and work on it no matter where we are, even if it’s between games at a baseball tournament.

How do you manage your work time while raising a family

My son is at the age where he can do some of his schoolwork independently, which frees me up to work on client files. I am also very lucky to have a supportive husband who will jump in and help out when I need him. It really does take a teamwork approach with everyone jumping in to help out.

Thank you, Kim, for giving us some insight into the course Transcribe Anywhere and life as a Transcriptionist.

I’ve heard many great things about the course and it’s nice to hear from someone who has taken the course first-hand.

If you want to consider Transcribing as a career choice, take the Transcribe Anywhere Free Mini-Course.

I also have a list of transcription companies to consider below with the average pay and brief overview:


Based in San Francisco, California, TranscribeMe boasts about paying more than their competitors with earnings starting at $20 per audio hour and top monthly earnings at $2,200 (average monthly earnings are $250). Transcriptionists with specialized backgrounds in Medical & Legal are paid a higher rate. This company received a 3.9/5 star rating on with pay ranging from $10-$21 per hour.  Received good feedback from most employees with the opportunity for advancement, while some of the cons were occasional lows in available work.

3Play Media

3Play Media focuses on video captioning, audio description, translation, and subtitling. This company received a 4.5/5 star rating on with a pay range between $10 – $19 per hour, depending on your efficiency.  Very good feedback except some have said that it lacked opportunity for advancement and occasional available work.

Net Transcripts

Net Transcripts is the nation’s leading provider of Law Enforcement and Legal Transcription Services to government agencies. This company received a 3.7/5 star rating on with a pay of $10 per hour.  Mixed reviews from employees, some people enjoyed the work, and some complained about the lack of work. This company does require previous transcribing experience.


Rev is a transcription company that is pretty easy to join with a 3.6/5 star rating on Glassdoor with a pay of $7-$20 per hour. To become a transcriptionist you have to pass a grammar test and complete a short transcription. Once approved you will go through a training before you are eligible to start claiming jobs.  As you gain more experience the more you’ll make.  Other than the low pay this company has good reviews as reliable work, pay and ability to choose your jobs.


The ONLY reason I’m recommending this company is that it doesn’t require any previous experience and could be a great way to gain some. This company received a 2.4/5 star rating on with a pay range of $3-$8 per hour.

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Interested in transcribing or tried it before? Let us know in the comment section.



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  • Doree

    I’ve never transcribed before. I need extra cash think it would great way earn extra money and stay at home. Thinking of signing up at Quicktate.

  • Alicia Anderson

    So I’m looking for some extra income that doesn’t involve phone calls. I love Data Entry and I think I would be awesome with transcribing. Any assistance on where to start would be awesome.

    • Max

      Yes, I’ve heard a lot about where you can easily get started. Check it out here and also Quicktate . These are great places to start with no experience, once you gain some more experience try applying to the 3 companies mentioned above for higher paying jobs.

  • B J Walker

    I’m retired, however, when I started working as a younger woman I did transcription work for Law firms. I thought this type of work was no longer applicable to this day and age. Well, guess who’s going to try it out to get some extra $$ — little ole me! Thanks Tried and True!

    • Max

      Awesome! Let me know which company you decide to work with I’d love to hear about it.

    • Kim

      There is so much legal work out there right now. Legal proceedings have to be transcribed into written form to be filed with the court. This is something that isn’t going away.

  • Heather

    I’m needing to start working from home soon and this may be a good fit for me. My typing is only at 58 WPM though. Do you think that’s fast enough? Thank you for sharing this.

    • Max

      I recommend trying out Rev first and you can see if this type of job is a good fit for you. Great way to gain experience and your typing speed. You can click the Rev hyperlink above and it will take you to where to apply.

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